WINNIPEG, May 24, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is providing
support for young immigrants in Winnipeg to help them gain the skills,
knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the job
market. The announcement was made by the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister
of Public Safety and Member of Parliament for Provencher, on behalf of
the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity," said Minister Toews. "The Government of Canada's
Youth Employment Strategy is helping youth develop the skills and gain
the experience they need to get jobs now and prepare for the workforce
Three organizations are receiving a total of over $475,000 from the
Skills Link program to help young immigrants overcome barriers to
employment. Skills Link is part of the Government of Canada's Youth
Employment Strategy (YES). Funding will be allocated in the amounts of
over $303,000 to Employment Solutions for Immigrants Inc., over $94,000
to The Momentum Centre and over $78,000 to the Immigrant Centre.
Through classroom sessions, participants will gain valuable life and job
skills including, effective communications, literacy and workplace
health and safety. Based on their personal plans, youth may benefit
from work experience with local employers in various sectors such as
retail, healthcare or the skilled trades.
"With the Government of Canada's support, immigrant and refugee youth
are gaining work experience in areas compatible with their knowledge
and skills," said Fatima Soares, Executive Director, Employment
Solutions for Immigrants Inc. "In the past year, the Manitoba Start
project has connected over 85% of StrongStart graduates with
opportunities for sustainable employment."
With annual funding of approximately $300 million, YES helps youth,
particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career
information, develop skills, find jobs and stay employed. YES includes
the Skills Link and Career Focus programs and the Canada Summer Jobs
initiative, which creates thousands of job opportunities for students
Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes an additional investment of $70
million over three years to create 5 000 more paid internships. This is
further to the extra $50 million that was invested through Economic
Action Plan 2012 to enhance YES with a new initiative that connects
young Canadians with jobs that are in high demand and helps them
develop tangible skills and gain work experience.
Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's broader
strategy to connect Canadians with available jobs. Economic Action Plan
2013 proposes new measures to equip Canadians with the skills and
training they need. These include the Canada Job Grant, creating
opportunities for apprentices and providing support to
under-represented groups such as people with disabilities, Aboriginal
peoples, newcomers and youth. To learn more about Canada's Economic
Action Plan, visit actionplan.gc.ca.
The Government of Canada is helping youth plan their careers, learn new
skills and find jobs through enhanced online services available at youth.gc.ca.
The Youth Employment Strategy is the Government of Canada's commitment to help youth make a
successful transition to the workplace.
Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment, including youth who are
single parents, youth with disabilities and youth in rural and remote
areas, to develop the skills and gain the experience needed to find a
job or the confidence to return to school.
Career Focus provides funding to employers to hire young post-secondary graduates to
give them career-related work experience and help them acquire skills
to transition into the job market.
Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector
employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create
summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are
full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next
To learn more about Canada's Youth Employment Strategy and other youth
employment initiatives, please visit youth.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
For further information:
Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills
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